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Letters 12-05-2016

Trump going back on promises I’m beginning to suspect that we’ve been conned by our new president. He’s backpedaling on nearly every campaign promise he made to us...

This Christmas, think before you speak Now that Trump has won the election, a lot of folks who call themselves Christians seem to believe they have a mandate to force their beliefs on the rest of us. Think about doing this before you start yelling about people saying “happy holidays,” whining about Starbucks coffee cup image(s), complaining about other’s lifestyles…

First Amendment protects prayer (Re: Atheist Gary Singer’s contribution to the Crossed column titled “What will it take to make America great again?” in the Nov. 21 edition of Northern Express.) Mr. Singer, the First Amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”

Evidence of global warming Two basic facts underlay climate science: first, carbon dioxide was known to be a heat-trapping gas as early as 1850; and second, humans are significantly increasing the amount of CO2 in Earth’s atmosphere through the burning of fossil fuels and other activities. We are in fact well on our way to doubling the CO2 concentrations in our atmosphere...

Other community backpack programs I just read your article in the Nov. 28 issue titled “Beneficial backpacks: Two local programs help children.” It is a good article, but there are at least two other such programs in the Traverse City area that I am aware of...

A ‘fox’ in the schoolhouse Trump’s proposed secretary of education, Betsy DeVos (“the fox” in Dutch), is a right-wing billionaire; relentless promoter of unlimited, unregulated charter schools and vouchers; and enemy of public schooling...

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Short's Brewery Rolls in the Dough

Dining Kristi Kates Pizza is everywhere in northern Michigan and across America. So it’s a challenge for any restaurant, pub, or pizza place to make their pie standout. Popular local microbrew destination Short’s Brewing Company found a way, and all it took was looking in their own proverbial backyard.
 
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Letters 08-01-2016

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Voter Suppression And Choice In 2013, five Supreme Court justices, each appointed by Republican presidents, knocked the teeth out of the Voting Rights Act. Immediately a majority of Republican-dominated states began passing laws aimed at suppressing the votes of their majority Democrat demographics: minorities, students and the elderly. These laws – requiring voter IDs, cutting early voting, eliminating same-day registration, closing selected polling places, banning straight-ticket voting, etc. — never flat-out deny a person’s right to vote; they just make actual registering and voting more difficult, and therefore make it more likely that individuals in certain groups will not vote. Think of voter suppression as a kind of reverse marketing strategy, one aimed at getting people not to do something...

Free Parking Patrick Sullivan’s good story on parking overlooked one source of “free parking” that has become an increasing problem in Traverse City: spill-over into adjacent neighborhoods. Instead of discouraging people from bringing cars downtown, we’re allowing them to park on both sides of narrow residential streets all day long...

Real American Duality Isiah Smith didn’t really put his deep thinking hat on before writing the “American Duality” commentary. First there’s geography. His daughter feels safer in Sweden than in the United States, at least partially because of the violence in Dallas, Baton Rouge and Minnesota. Really? Safer than in northern Michigan, which is further away from Dallas and Baton Rouge than Stockholm is from Ansbach, Paris or Brussels and no closer to Minnesota than Sweden is to Germany? Did Smith miss recent supremely violent events in those places? Alrighty then...

 
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Eat Like a Chef

Features Kristi Kates With all of that culinary knowledge at their disposal, do you ever wonder what our local chefs prefer to prepare … and eat … at home? We tapped some of the region’s top chefs to find out the go-to meals they make when they’re off the clock and have a hankering for something delicious.
 
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Two Foodies Aim at a Fruit Juice Revolution

Features Kristi Kates The amount of sugar in most fruit juices today rivals that of manufactured sodas — a problem that turns off many health-minded consumers, and one that friends and foodies Chad Anderson and Luc Hobson decided to tackle with their new product, Edit Fruit Juice, made right in Traverse City.
 
Saturday, July 30, 2016

An Extra Dime For Every Lunch

Features Patrick Sullivan One dime per meal might sound like peanuts, but it can have a drastic impact on the quality of food and on the local farm economy, said Diane Conners, a Groundwork senior policy specialist. Consider that the amount spent on food for each school lunch is just $1.
 
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Nothing Tastes Better Than Home Cookin’ (that someone else makes)

Features Ross Boissoneau What’s for dinner? That familiar lament can bring the response “Let’s order pizza,” “Whatever you’re fixing,” or everyone’s favorite: “Leftovers.” With busy lives focusing on work, school, vacation, visitors and the like, folks today seem to have less time than ever to fix a healthy, appealing meal.
 
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Michigan’s Ironmen

Features Kristi Kates Fundraising and planning takes place year-round for the festival, which takes many volunteers and hundreds of manhours to make happen. It’s also a reunion of sorts, as men who worked on the bridge, as well as many other ironworkers from across the United States and Canada, meet up for this annual event.
 
Saturday, July 30, 2016

A Native American Showcase

Features Kristi Kates The Annual Odawa Homecoming Pow Wow, an extensive all-day event that runs annually every summer in Harbor Springs, doesn’t only bring together the Odawa people to honor their own.
 
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Going Nuts in Williamsburg!

Features Kristi Kates HIDDEN HEALTH “The company was actually started by Katie,” Tim Kearney explained [Katie Kearney is out on maternity leave.] “She was experimenting in the kitchen, making nut butters on her own. She wanted to make a healthier version of peanut and almond butter, since at the time there were only a few organic versions.
 
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Music Meets Movies at the TCFF!

Music Kristi Kates As the Traverse City Film Festival continues to grow, its offerings expand, and some of the coolest changes this year are in the TCFF’s music lineup. Local musician Jeff Bihlman is the new director of music for the festival, taking over for Mike Sullivan, and he’s been working hard to line up the talent.
 
Saturday, July 23, 2016

American Duality

Other Opinions Isiah Smith When she was seventeen, my daughter moved to Europe. She has been there almost continually for the last twenty-two years, so most of her adult life has been spent in Europe. In a sense, she’s more European than American.
 
Saturday, July 23, 2016

The Saddest Conventioneer

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle It gave us some interesting television. Now it gives us an hour or so of prime time boredom and nothing more entertaining than plagiarism. We don’t even get coverage of the arcane business of creating a party platform, a process akin to sausage making. Of course, the platform will be largely ignored before being forgotten entirely.
 
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Dates 07-23-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold The 69th Annual AuSable River Canoe Marathon takes place July 26-31. This non-stop canoe race starts at night with a LeMans-style running-start to the river in Grayling, & ends 120 miles later near the shores of Lake Huron in Oscoda. It is the middle leg of the Triple Crown of Canoe Racing.
 
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Letters 07-25-2016

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Remember Bush-Cheney Does anyone remember George W. Bush and Dick Cheney? They were president and vice president a mere eight years ago. Does anyone out there remember the way things were at the end of their duo? It was terrible...

Mass Shootings And Gun Control The largest mass shooting in U.S. history occurred December 29,1890, when 297 Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee in South Dakota were murdered by federal agents and members of the 7th Cavalry who had come to confiscate their firearms “for their own safety and protection.” The slaughter began after the majority of the Sioux had peacefully turned in their firearms...

Families Need Representation When one party dominates the Michigan administration and legislature, half of Michigan families are not represented on the important issues that face our state. When a policy affects the non-voting K-12 students, they too are left out, especially when it comes to graduation requirements...

Raise The Minimum Wage I wanted to offer a different perspective on the issue of raising the minimum wage. The argument that raising the minimum wage will result in job loss is a bogus scare tactic. The need for labor will not change, just the cost of it, which will be passed on to the consumer, as it always has...

Make Cherryland Respect Renewable Cherryland Electric is about to change their net metering policy. In a nutshell, they want to buy the electricity from those of us who produce clean renewable electric at a rate far below the rate they buy electricity from other sources. They believe very few people have an interest in renewable energy...

Settled Science Climate change science is based on the accumulated evidence gained from studying the greenhouse effect for 200 years. The greenhouse effect keeps our planet 50 degrees warmer due to heat-trapping gases in our atmosphere. Basic principles of physics and chemistry dictate that Earth will warm as concentrations of greenhouse gases increase...

 
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Spotlight Shines On MSU at Traverse City Film Festival

Features As the main educational sponsor for TCFF, Michigan State University is ushering in the next generation of creative talent, partnering with the festival to offer a dazzling array of student-produced films, filmmaking classes, an interactive multimedia gallery, and a special Spartan Headquarters open to the public.
 
 
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